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It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males
Blaming “mental illness” is a cop-out — and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism
Historians Politely Remind Nation To Check What’s Happened In Past Before Making Any Big Decisions
Life in a Studio Apartment with my Wife and Two Sons
Great discussion of the challenges of minimalism and the trade-offs involved.
The Engineer’s Lament: Two ways of thinking about automotive safety
Malcolm Gladwell’s look into how automotive safety recalls work, and don’t. But hidden inside is a look at how we examine and evaluate risk and where we place priorities. And the sometimes insurmountable gulf between what engineers see and what normal, emotional people see. And the consequences in safety for how we prioritize and deal with public safety issues. A good read.
Jennicam And The Birth Of ‘Lifecasting’
Can we all take a moment to remember the phenomenon that was Jennicam? The 90s — such a wonderful, simple time.
After Jobs Dry Up, What Then?
An excellent distillation of one of the most important issues of the next decade.
Update (2015-03-29): This post sparked a few conversations with friends that have caused me to revise my opinion. I still believe that rising economic inequality, lack of opportunities, decreased social mobility, and poor measures of success focused on economic growth are all major problems for our society. I’m not convinced that technological progress is the major cause of this shift or that this technological age is fundamentally different from previous periods of “creative destruction.” That said, I do still worry about the types of new jobs that are currently being created, many of which in the “gig economy” offer very little economic security and no benefits.
Everything Is Awesome!
Ignore the hyperbolic headline and drink in the facts and figures that refute the general negative feeling about the state and outlook for America in 2015.
Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things
Really good read, explains a lot of our biases.
Art is a Facebook Status About Your Winter Break
And it is definitely not dead.
The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies
Practical Advice for the Obsessive Compulsive Traveler
I’ve been doing a bit of traveling lately, and I’m about ready for a re-org. Good tips.
Origins of stereotypically Jewish surnames
Apparently it’s more of a selection bias sort of thing.
Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer
This week’s New York Times Magazine cover story is an in-depth and pretty devastating critique of three decades of breast cancer awareness campaigns, especially focused on the Susan Komen foundation. The one sentence summary: Komen’s campaigns aren’t helping to cure or prevent cancer, they aren’t dispensing good medical advice, but they are causing women to live in unnecessary fear.
How Boston exposes America’s dark post-9/11 bargain
I’m proud of how the people and politicians of Boston reacted to the bombing of the 2013 Marathon and resulting manhunt. But I share a lot of this columnist’s anger at the choices we as a country have made about how we confront terror, and what those choices have cost us.
So…I Bought A Firetruck
This guy is my hero. Down with common sense!
Unfit for Work
NPR’s Planet Money investigates the 14 million Americans on a “hidden” form of welfare — disability. Eye opening.
Comparing the Security and Privacy of Browser Syncing
This analysis makes me feel relatively better about Google’s Chrome Sync and relatively worse about Apple’s iCloud sync. Of course these and any of the other sync security options could change instantly if the vendor releases a browser update (in the case of Chrome a silent one) that modifies the behavior.
RIP, Aaron Swartz
Cory Doctorow’s moving tribute to Swartz, 26, who was recently found to have committed suicide. I never knew Aaron, but I’d occasionally see him around Harvard. I recognized him because I followed his blog, digital activism, and standards-making work since I was in high school. He was a brilliant and driven thinker and doer in the digital law and public policy space. He also helped create (or at least rewrite) the early Reddit, crafted the Creative Commons license framework, and helped build the RSS specification. That’s a lot to accomplish in a lifetime, and he did it all in his teenage years and early 20s. He is a few years younger than me, and at times I found him inspiring, at other times inscrutable, but always I kept an eye out for his latest work. Sometimes I wondered — if I had done things differently, been more passionate, just a bit smarter — if I could have been like Aaron. Now, learning about his demons, I’m just sad for him, and for us, who no longer have him around.
Happiness Is A Worn Gun
The best and most enlightening thing I’ve read so far on why people own and carry concealed weapons.